“I never understood where the satisfaction is when you’re missing the pleasure of conquest.”
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi issued this statement in an interview with Italian magazine “Chi,” which was quoted by the BBC in a report about Italy’s leader.
Berlusconi’s statement reminded me of the Anthropology 287 class (Seminar in Sex and Culture) that I attended in 2005.
The subject wasn’t about hardcore porn or sexual positions.
It did tackle those things, but it focused primarily on the interrelation between the sexual practices of humans and the other aspects of human culture.
Jerome Bailen, the instructor, emphasized the importance of sex in society.
Bailen told us that he couldn’t think of any human activity that’s not linked directly or indirectly to sex.
He said that through sex, society replenishes itself as a biological entity and it preserves the values of its ancestors.
In that anthropology class, the instructor and the students talked about several sex and culture-related works.
One of the articles mentioned an interesting quote from Dr. David Givens, an anthropologist from the University of Washington.
“It’s funny. We do all kinds of very technical work, but out goals are still the basic animal goals – courtship and sex,” the article quoted Givens as saying.
I suppose Berlusconi was right when he said that he couldn’t understand the satisfaction derived from sex sans the conquest part of it. He must be really good at wooing women.
He could be the reincarnation of Giacomo Casanova.